Emmitsburg, Md. (February 16, 2015) – Despite Jacqueline Brewer (Martinsburg, W. Va.) tying a career high with 28 points, the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team suffered a 66-60 home defeat at the hands of Sacred Heart at Knott Arena on Monday night in Northeast Conference action.
Mount St. Mary's (7-18, 5-9 NEC) could not overcome a hot shooting Sacred Heart team, which finished 26-for-53 (49.1 percent) from the field. The Pioneers (13-10, 8-5 NEC) controlled the low post with 36 points in the paint and capitalized on transition offense with 19 fast break points on the night.
Brewer, who shot 10-for-18 including 5-for-11 from beyond the arc, finished with 20-plus points for the fourth time this season, while junior Jody Chickey (Bethlehem, Pa.) dished out six assists to help facilitate the Mount's offense.
Two Sacred Heart players recorded double-doubles on the night with Katie Shepard notching 15 points and 10 assists, and Hannah Kimmel picking up 20 points and 10 boards.
The two sides traded baskets in the early going with five lead changes in the opening 4:20 of the game. The Pioneers took their largest advantage of the first half at 11-7 with 15:12 to go before half on a three-pointer from Gabrielle Washington followed by a Lerae Ettienne jumper on back-to-back possessions.
Over a seven minute span, the Mountaineers dominated the Pioneers to the tune of a 19-4 run, taking a 28-15 lead on Brewer's three with 6:42 showing on the first-half clock.
The Mount's lead eroded down to single digits before halftime, and Sacred Heart stole the momentum heading into the locker rooms with Shepard's three as the half expired to trim the Mount's advantage to 33-32.
SHU scored the first seven points of the second half for a 39-33 lead. The Mount would then counter with an 8-0 run of its own capped by a layup from Stacey Koutris (Sandy Spring, Md.) and a Brewer three for a 41-39 lead five minutes into the half. The lead was short lived however, with Washington hitting back-to-back field goals to give the Pioneers the lead for good.
The Pioneers' advantage grew to as much as 10 points in the final two minutes. The visitors closed the game with four made free throws in the final 13 seconds.
Sacred Heart held a slight 35-34 rebounding edge, while the Mount forced the Pioneers into 20 turnovers on the night.
The Mount continues its homestand with another game at Knott Arena on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 4:30 p.m. versus Fairleigh Dickinson.
GAME NOTES: The Mount slips to 5-26 in the all-time series with Sacred Heart.